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The Jaguar XE gets a handsome makeover

As the sports sedan market grows increasingly crowded, manufacturers are doing all they can so their wares stand out among the herd. Case in point: the new Jaguar XE. The stately British saloon has undergone a wealth of cosmetic refreshes to imbue a more angular and aggressive appearance.

There’s a new front end and bumper, with an elongated grille to help give the XE a more grounded stance, and in concert with the LED headlights' signature “J Blade” feature, the nose looks delightfully menacing. Those who opt for the R-Dynamic S model will also receive aircraft winglet inspired sculpted surfaces in the lower front apertures, to up the ante a touch. The rear of the car was also treated to a redesign that sees a new bumper and rear valance increase. That’ll help with the visual width of the car, as well as helping increase the aerodynamics for a sportier performance. Full LED tail lights complete the back end, which looks more striking than the outgoing XE model.

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The interior wasn’t overlooked during the design process. There are extensive soft-touch materials, heaps of upscale veneers, and plenty of other cabin enhancements that aim at bolstering comfort and convenience, all while evoking a premium feel.

The upgrades aren’t just limited to aesthetics. Performance and handling tweaks abound, too. There’s a lithe aluminium-intensive chassis that pairs perfectly with a double wishbone front suspension and an Integral Link rear suspension to give the XE rock solid handling. And in terms of power, customers have two options of turbocharged four-cylinder gas engines, with 247-horsepower and 296-horsepower, the R-Dynamic S.

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The R-Dynamic variant is the performance option, and that comes with standard all-wheel drive, and is good for a sprint to 60 in 5.4 seconds. In Australia, customers will have just one engine option, the 221kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Happily, this R-Dynamic donk is the performance choice, which in Australian spec is mated to an eight-speed automatic sending drive to the rear wheels.

Pricing in Australia for the two versions, R-Dynamic SE and top-spec R-Dynamic HSE, will start from $65,670 and $71,940, respectively (plus on-road costs).

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